Souls Of The Inner Sunset

Photos: Dijon Bowden
By Dijon - Published on December 12, 2014.
We continue our photo series with another installment of brief on-the-street interviews and snapshots from our friend Dijon of Souls of San Francisco

Today, we present a few portraits that Dijon took recently in the Inner Sunset.

“Since she’s come along my whole perspective has changed. I’ve found my calling in writing children’s books. I’m working on a book about imaginative play. My daughter has been my greatest teacher. She had a piece of cloth and she did so many things with it. She turned it into a hat, she turned it into a bib. I wish I could think like that ... with wild abandon not having any social conditioning holding me back.”

“I was born in India, grew up in Africa, went to college in Tennessee for architecture, and just moved here two months ago. I’ve been working a job here but it wasn’t for me so I just stopped working there. It’s hard because it’s so hard to make a living here but I didn’t move all the way out here to go back home so I’m gonna find another architecture job and it’s gonna be the right one this time ... I’m pretty sure.”

“I hear you, what do you love about architecture?”

“Architects have such strong insight into people’s lifestyles because we think about things most people don’t think about on a regular basis. We think about how to improve everyday experiences. It seems mundane but the way a public space is developed really influences the way people interact with each other. If the space is well designed, then there’s more interaction.

“Very cool. What makes you happy?"

"Family and friends. I came to San Francisco with one friend and now I have so many more. Most people aren’t from here so it’s so easy to meet people. I also love traveling. It’s very important in my profession."

“Seeing different cultures informs your architectural mind a lot huh?”


“I love silent films. They’re so poetic because people have to act with just their faces."

“You two look happy, how long you been together?”

Her - “We’ve been together about a year."

“What’s one of your favorite things about her?” 

Him - “Her talent. She’s an amazing dancer and also a teacher and it’s incredible to see how she inspires her students."

“And you?”

Her - “His acceptance and nonjudgmental energy ... positive energy.”
For more of Dijon's profiles, visit the Souls of San Francisco Facebook page. And stay tuned for future installments here on Hoodline.
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